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2 cups of rice flour
1 cup of sugar
2 16 ounce cans of coconut milk
1 teaspoon of salt
Save two tablespoons of the flour and mix the rest with water, ½ can of coconut milk, and some water to make medium-blended mixture. Also mix the rest of the coconut milk (1 ½ cans) with salt and the two table spoons of rice flour. Pour the first mixture in small cups (about 1 inch diameter). Make sure to leave about ¼ of the cup for the topping. Steam the cupped mixture for about ten minutes before adding the topping mixture. Continue steaming the cups for another 10 minutes. Take the steamer our of the heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
When serving, use a small and thin spatula to take out the dessert. From the side, there are two layers of the cup-shaped dessert. The "body" should have a dull white color while its topping should be whiter. The "body" tastes sweet as constrasted with the topping , which is salty.
In China or Japan, these kinds of tiny cups are plentiful. In the US however, it is not easy to get them. I used to see them on sale at some Thai grocers. In Thailand, they also use cups which are wide with a shallow depth (shaped like of cocktail cup). Deeper cups may have effect on the combination of the tastes of the "body" and the topping. The preparer needs to adjust accordingly the amount of the two.